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Bargello Pine Trees
December 8, 2013, 10:02 pm
Filed under: ANG CyberPointer's chapter, Bargello Pine Trees, Christmas Ornaments

My ANG CyberPointer’s chapter started working on various ornaments using various types of stitching. My favorite was the Bargello Pine Trees.

When I went into my stash, I found a coordinated packet of ThreadworX threads. I switched overdyed floss from my stash which was a light blue to match the other threads better. And, I needed a contrasting dark for a row so I used Petite Very Blue. The wild blue from The Legacy Collection that was polyamide just didn’t fit in this piece. I ended up using (from outer rows inward with ThreadworX unless noted): 2 strands #8 braid white (71124), 4 strands overdyed floss light blue (1018), 1 strand #12 braid light blue (91015), 1 strand Expressions medium blue (224S), 2 strands #8 braid dark blue, 1 strand Vineyard Silk (V118), 1 strand Petite Very Velvet dark blue (V634), and overdyed Italian wool white (W842). And, 1 strand of #8 braid silver (71122) placed on the upper section.

As it ended up, I did run out of one thread & had to substitute but it really matched well enough. Can anyone see?

Bargello Pine Trees


I forgot to mention that this is a free pattern from The Caron Collection ( They offer quite a few really nice ones.

Sample Threads on 18-count for Bargello
December 4, 2013, 9:59 pm
Filed under: ANG CyberPointer's chapter

I’m getting ready to start Bargello Techniques designed by Liz Morrow along with some of the CyberPointer’s members. I’m reading the instructions & testing threads. And, I decided to share my findings here partly because I can’t figure out how to get the second photo to post in the Yahoo group. VERY frustrating – I tried iPad, phone, and computer – not uploading. Anyway, . . .

Silk & Ivory (shown on the left) is compared with Pepper Pot (right) which looks a bit fuller than the picture but the coverage isn’t enough for Bargello. It has a great feel to it. I would love to use Pepper Pot for another project. They need to come out with more colors too – slightly limited especially compared with Silk & Ivory.

Silk & Ivory vs Pepper Pot

I have been using ThreadworX Expressions & ThreadworX Vineyard Silk in a small ornament using Bargello stitches & coverage is pretty good but I can see a little canvas peeking through. The Expressions is not my favorite. It is 50/50 cotton & rayon. It is being caught on the canvas and the twisting is difficult to control. So, I will never buy more of the Expressions but I do like Vineyard Silk although not for Bargello Techniques because of the coverage.

ThreadworX Expressions vs Vineyard Silk

Bargello Pine Trees
November 30, 2013, 4:15 pm
Filed under: ANG CyberPointer's chapter, Bargello Pine Trees, Christmas Ornaments

Taking a break from my current projects, I decided to work on this ornament as we enter the holiday season. As part of the ANG CyberPointer’s chapter, some members are working on ornaments and I liked this one best (since last year I’ve been wanting to get to it; Plus, I am in a Bargello phase.

When I went into my stash, I found the packet of ThreadworX which is a beautifully selected bag of threads (for Hanukkah or winter) from Thread Candy Studio. Great combo of blues, purple, & whites. I picked up the packet at Annie & Company in NYC earlier this year (subject of earlier blog).

I have found out that Bargello requires a thicker thread or multiple strands. So, I’m not sure there is enough in this bag. Well, I’ll figure it out as I go!

Twists Winter